Dad starting ranching by grazing cattle before farming wine grapes. In 1964, he built the cattle and horse barn (now our winery). Milling the redwood himself… he bought 60 head of Aberdeen Angus beef cattle… it did not take long for him to realize wine grapes were his future.
In 1969 we planted our first vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon of Opus selection Clone 7. Alongside our neighbors and friends, the Wetzel Family of Alexander Valley Vineyards, the Greens of Hoot Owl Vineyards, and Robert and Gertrude Young of Robert Young Vineyards to name just a few…we all were among the first to seriously plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the valley.